SWFI First Read, March 27, 2017
QIA Sees Opportunities in Brexit
The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), like many large sovereign funds such as Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), is heavily invested in the United Kingdom. In a public statement, Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani commented that Qatar expects to invest £5 billion in Britain over the next five years.
BlackRock Showcases Two Index Funds for Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund’s DIS
Asset management giant BlackRock launched two new index funds that are designed for the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund. Since 2003, BlackRock has provided fund options for the scheme. The index funds will be used under the scheme’s Default Investment Strategy (DIS). These funds will also be used as benchmarks to analyze the performance of DIS funds. The two new funds are the BlackRock World Equity Index Fund and the BlackRock World Government Bond Index Fund. The funds will track the FTSE MPF All-World Index and the Citi MPF World Government Bond Index.
New Caledonia Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund
The government of New Caledonia is contemplating creating a sovereign wealth fund. New Caledonia is heavily reliant on economic support from France. The territory does have natural resources such as nickel.
Royal Dutch Shell Sells Gabon Onshore Oil Portfolio to The Carlyle Group
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